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April 1, 2013

Bridge Creek wins Chickasha Invitational consolation title

CHICKASHA — In the program's first-ever regular season tournament, the Bridge Creek High School girls soccer team took fifth place after going 2-1, beating Elgin in the consolation championship game Saturday at the Chickasha Invitational.

"We talked about winning championships, even if it's a consolation championship, so I was proud," head coach Jason Sanders said. "Today was a tough game."

The Lady Bobcats won over the Lady Owls 1-0, in a game the normally high-scoring Bridge Creek offense had some trouble creating scoring chances.

"We were having trouble getting Autumn [Gilchrest] the ball, and [Elgin's Gentry Holt] is a big, strong, physical girl," Sanders said. "I thought she kind of offset Autumn, and that was making us have trouble getting the ball where we wanted to."

Holt is a 6-foot 1-inch midfielder for Elgin, who played volleyball for the state championship team and is a Division I basketball prospect as a sophomore.

Bridge Creek was able to get a goal early, which proved to be enough for the win. About 10 minutes into the game, Carly Hodge scored the game's only goal.

With the offense struggling, it was the Lady Bobcats' defense that had to step up, and that's an area where Bridge Creek has been weaker so far this season.

"Our defense has kind of been our weak link this year, and I thought we were starting to play a little harder," Sanders said.

Bridge Creek's defense played well Saturday, and Elgin's players began to show signs of frustration with each other at their inability to take advantage of scoring chances. There were some close calls, but the Bobcats were often quicker to the ball than Elgin.

Sanders said even though his team had its eye on the championship, winning two games was still considered a success.

"We wanted to come in here, and we talked about coming in here and winning the tournament, but we're a first-year program so winning two out of three is very good for us," Sanders said.

Bridge Creek lost in the first round to No. 8 Harrah, which ended up finishing second to Chickasha in the tournament. Sanders said his team got down when it fell behind and allowed the game to get away.

"When we equalized it early in the second half, we had a lot of momentum," Sanders said. "Then they get a goal, and we just flattened out. It was still a one-goal game, and we talked about how we just got down on ourselves, and that gave them two more goals, and obviously the game was over.

"We're almost all freshmen and sophomores, so that was a learning experience for us," he said.

In the second round, Bridge Creek was able to beat Classen School of Advanced Studies 7-5 early Saturday.

Bridge Creek played at Westmoore on Monday evening, and the Bobcats' next game is at home against Northwest Classen at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

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